Food for Thought: Author searches for perfect pizza

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Mount Shasta Herald

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“American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza” by Peter Reinhart

In the course of his career as a baker, culinary instructor and author, Peter Reinhart has dedicated himself to exploring the passions and techniques behind the great breads of the world. His most recent pursuit has been pizza.

In “American Pie,” Reinhart follows the pizza trail from Italy to the States, capturing the stories behind the greatest artisanal pizzas of the Old World and the New.

He then returns to the kitchen, where he gives a master class on pizza-making techniques and provides his interpretations of the most memorable pizzas from his journey.

Easy recipe: Potato Soup


1 medium onion, chopped

4 ½ cups peeled and diced potatoes

1 tablespoon margarine

3 tablespoons flour

1 quart whole milk


1. Place onions and potatoes in a saucepan. Cover with water and bring to boil. Simmer until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain

2. Melt margarine in saucepan. Add flour and stir until smooth. Heat to thicken.

3. Add onions and potatoes to milk mixture, and heat to serving temperature. Season to taste.


Tip of the Week: Icebox cookies defined

Contrary to popular opinion, this is a technique, not a specific cookie. Any cookie recipe requiring the dough to be rolled into a log, plastic wrapped and refrigerated is an icebox or refrigerator cookie. Once chilled, the log is sliced into rounds and baked. Chilling firms the dough and makes it easier to manipulate.

-- Canton Repository

Did You Know?

More than 87 billion eggs are produced in the U.S. each year. – United States Department of Agriculture

Critic's Cupboard: Kettle Cuisine

The price was off-putting. I had decided before taking a bite that these soups would get a “spatula down.”

Here’s what changed my mind: Gluten-free. MSG-free. Trans fat-free. Preservative-free. Low calorie count. High-end ingredients like pink sea salt. Gourmet flavors like Mediterranean grilled eggplant and zucchini soup and green pea with mint and lemon soup.

I preferred the white chicken chili to the red steak chili, but enjoyed both. The only drawback, aside from price, was appearance. They aren’t beautiful.

I can live with that.

-- Saimi Bergmann, Canton Repository

Food Quiz

When you're reading a French menu and see that something is done in the style of "Lyonnaise," what would you typically expect it to be served with?

A. Onions

B. Garlic

C. Gravy

D. Mustard


Answer is at bottom of column

Wise to the Word: Danish

Not every pastry in the bakery case is a “Danish.” It has a specific recipe including folded yeast dough dotted with butter and filled with fruit, cream or cheese. It puffs to a light, flaky texture in the oven.

-- Canton Repository

Number to Know: 654

Calories in one cup of shelled walnuts. –

From the Beer Nut’s Blog

Had a heck of a time recently at Beer Advocate’s annual Extreme Beer Fest.

The only problem I ran into was there were too many beers I wanted to try.

The three breweries that were the standouts for me were Voodoo Brewing Company from Pennsylvania, and Dark Horse Brewing Company and Founders Brewing, both of Michigan.

Michigan has some great breweries: Founders, Dark Horse, Bells (who also had some excellent stuff at the fest), Shorts (ditto), etc. It really is one of the best brewing states.

My favorite beer of the night was probably Lost Abbey’s Phunky Duck - a really nice sour beer.

To read more from the Beer Nut, visit

Food Quiz Answer

A. Onions

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